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and reported. we recommend that those types of results and the changes in the paint shop be reported back to the board of supervisors every six months. we further recommend that there is a report back to the board of supervisors and the sfmta board of directors on the staffing analysis under way to come up with the numbers that would be needed of additional positions and additional dollars for contractors to actually implement the strategic plan scenario. and then we have a recommendation that the agency sfmta and dpw work together and report back to the board on bicycle bicycle implementation plans and their work and projects require a lot of coordination with dpw and it's important that be in place so projects are not delayed for that purpose and the final recommendation is that the board of supervisors establish a process to follow up on the scenarios that are presented here and the pros and cons of each of them, and possibly consider other options as well,
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but a process be established to come back to this, and work towards implementation. that's the overvie katie and i are happy to respond to questions. >> i have no questions and i know we have from the mta tim and the staff that that is here and i don't know if they were prepared to respond to a number of different issues that mr. rousseau and katie raised in the report but i would like to invite you up if you would like to make any remarks and we have a number public comment speakers as well. >> good morning. i am with the mta. i wanted to clarify a few statements that were made. i think that the way they're written is a little misleading, specifically the number of staff that is dedicated to bicycle
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projects and 37 people part of the traffic calming bicycle pedestrian, pedestrian safety, and school guard crossing program. the $7 million of the bike projects that some of the staff work on. it's not all 37. i wanted to clarify. i ask for that to be clarified. in addition we are worked on all of the funding recommendations that we put together with the strategic plan scenario were fed into the mayor's transportation task force process so they're in the recommended categories there, so we're happy to move that forward. of the recommendations that the legislative analyst made i think we're working on almost all of those and we're happy to come back periodically as it makes sense to update whether to this committee or the transportation authority whatever you think is appropriate on the update and
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the progress. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> so those are the official speakers and chair farrell could we open public comment? >> so we're opening public comment. the time is two minutes per person. i am going to call names and read them off. it doesn't have to be this order but if your name is called please come forward. burt hill from the bicycle advisory committee, sue vaughn, patrick trawber, jenny lee, leah sharm from the bicycle coalition, do you think las nickelson, [inaudible] madeline [inaudible] from san francisco league of conservation voters. >> thank you committee. this is a very important meeting and i
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really applaud you supervisor for bringing us together. this report concentrates heavily on infrastructure proves but there are five other ones and if you focus on the 2020 we need to look at things like education. europe in establishing its system it has now implemented education at every school level to help people learn from a early age the rules of safe bicycling and the process of doing that. we need something and spend more money with the school district. it won't be funded out of the school district or the superintendent office. i think we need to integrate our education system. law enforcement -- i have sat through meetings and i know you have and enforcement needs help. they're not going to fund themselves for the things that need to be done and the grand juries and everything else and
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the board needs to include this in the strategic plan of what you're doing in that area. we also need to do a lot more in advocacy and evangelicism as far as it goes and i will make one final comment. students are thinking about their future life in terms of driving or their transportation decisions. if we can cover in education the last three years we can get them out of the situation where they may make the mistake of getting a car, depending on a car, and then requires a job and gets them into that cycle where they can't pursue the education and academic training they need to do and it's critical at that particular age. no one is doing that now and part of the hearts and minds to get to 20%. thank you very much. >> thank you mr. hill. next speaker. >> good morning. my name is priy [inaudible] and a community organizer with the
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collaborative. i am here today in full support of the bicycle strategy for san francisco. i work for the low income community and we wanted to amplify our voice when we say there are a lot of folks in the tenderloin who live in sfo hotels and in affordable housing that don't have cars so they depend on their bikes so this is an extremely important step to move forward and make sure the folks that need it the most can finally feel safe in the city and also feel like they can ride bicycles safely so thank you very much. >> thank you. >> good morning supervisors. i am leava shay and represent the san francisco bicycle coalition and thank you for taking time on the agenda for this item and thank you to supervisor mar and the budget analyst office. thank you for all your work. this is a long over looked issue and i want to say thank you for
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bringing it to light today. i think the report and discussion happening here at the mta, at the ta and other agencies has basically unearthed some realities that biking is far under funded in this city. the investment in bike is a cost effective way to move more people in our city. that investing in bicycling helps those than just biking and we know if we open more space on transit and parking lots for those that need to drive and everyone benefits. i really want to emphasize that. we know when we build it they come and more people choose to bike so there is a direct cause and effect. i will stop -- one more. the biking helps the transportation goals and mta laid out and down to 50% of auto trips and supports the public health and environmental goals of the city and i don't think
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we need to debate the merit but what now? we have seen the increase in commitment to bicycling safety but we're asking to turn that commitment into urgency and action and please ask for accountability from any of the agencies to step up the urgency and we are seeing increased funding and increased action on the ground. >> may i ask when you look at other cities how do you compare san francisco? i know the budget analyst office looked at other cities but i'm curious about that. >> i think we have seen it in bicycling and traffic calming initiatives. it's not just a money question. it's also what we get for the money. frankly we spend money in a slower way and lest cost effective way. projects that roll out don't give us as much bang for the buck and don't happen as fast --
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i won't say fast but as efficiently as they could and that should be in the report and a lot of attention as recommended in the report to the project delivery and efficiency and on the ground results. in the end we want to spend the money more effectively and efficiently and that's not happening right now in bicycle projects. thanks for asking. >> thank you. [inaudible] >> thank you supervisors. i am [inaudible] and president of the san francisco league of conservation voters and a bicyclists. first of all i wanted to thank you for your interest in this topic and the mta staff for the report on funding. i am struck by a couple of things but the biggest is we have been getting lucky for a long time; right? we have been spending less than 1% of the transportation budget on bicycling but we're already at 4% of trips. that is like a
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dex in terms of what we spent and the benefits we're getting. as was said it's clear we don't need to debate the merits of this. if we want to improve the transportation system bicycling helps. if we want healthier san franciscos bicycling helps and if we want to reduce emissions and greenhouse gas emissions biking helps. there is a whole host of things it helps. the thing i wanted to draw more attention to is the equity piece. we often talk about funding and we talk about these projects but the opportunity is funding the network and like all networks the more et cetera canned it is the better it does for everything it tries to do -- i have 30 seconds to say -- that given that if we really get
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serious about funding the full build out, not one of the partial plans, but the full build out, the improvements will be much more dramatic and than the half percent we're seeing now. we will get a much larger increase in all of the goods that bicycling provides us so i really hope that you start looking at the recommendations which was to come up with actual funding options. thank you. >> thank you. i'm going to call a few more names. >> i am jenna lee and with the fran bicycle coalition as a
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community organizer. many of our 10,000 plus members couldn't make it in today and we had letters send emails and i know you were copied on them as well. i want you to know there are many people in the city that would like to see the board pursue the full system build out and take this and we know the issues were around climate change and safety and making sure that bicycle suggest safe for all ages. a lot of these are family. >> >> members and would like to bike with and in these areas, downtown, wherever it is. i have two stories i want to share. i was talking to someone -- their child attends a school that isn't a safe routes to school and in sunny side and
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organizing a bike train but wasn't able to find a safe route because of the lack of structure in that part of the city. the other story and this happened and jenna williams and came with the husband and daughter -- i will read directly from the article and great to see the first time bike riders. "my husband rode the bike to work. i was shocked. when he came home up the hill our neighbors cheered him on and looks to take her daughter to western edition and these are the stories that really need the bike infrastructure and i urge the board to pursue the build out by the bicycle strategy and the only way [inaudible]. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker.
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go good afternoon supervisors. i am douglas nicholson and a 12 year resident of san francisco and a homeowner. i would like to thank you for the support and the maximum support of bicycle infrastructure in san francisco. bicycling is my primary means of transportation for the past five years and ridden to work through south beach and soma everyday and i chose not to own a car, partly because i am able to get around the city on a bicycle so efficiently. the bicycle sfruk changes that have been made over the years have made me feel safer. the separated bike lanes means i don't need to share the lane with a car or they don't see me. i have fewer close calls and fewer times that i feel like something a little
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dangerous is going on. and i found that with these improvements of infrastructure it's easier for me to make the case to my non biking friends that biking is safe and try it some time. looking to the future my give and i are looking to start a family and i have to ask myself and when i read articles in the newspaper about the bicyclists being killed and will i be comfortable biking as a dad and i have someone depending on me? will i be comfortable taking my kids on a bike? will i continue to use a bike as my primary mode of transportation? these investments in transportation will allow me to say yes and avoid adding one more car to the city streets. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i am sue vaughn. thank you very much for holding this hearing on this matter. i am here to testify on
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the importance of funding bicycle improvements. a few weeks ago i walked by the elderly chinese american gentleman after the collision with the muni bus on the streets that came together. it was sad for me. i can't imagine what it was like for the family and friends of this gentleman. i am a member of the mtc -- and we need to get bicycle safety on the agenda and we get get it on the agenda. we passed two resolutions and recommendations to the board of directors. one is that the most dangerous intersections for bicyclists and we didn't specify which ones they were and needed to be mitd gaited immediately and the collisions constitute a public health crisis, and the second one was that we recommended that the board of directors
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investigate changes that would need to be made in state and federal law in order to make san francisco intersections like copenhagen and amsterdam compatible with the americans disabilities act. however, i encourage members of the board of supervisors to do this also and investigate changes that need to be made. two simple things could reduce our carbon footprint making roads and intersections safe for bicyclists and to creating safe secure bike -- indoor parking places that are staffed. imagine how much people we could get on the bikes if we could do these things? thank you very much. >> thank you ms. vaughn. next speaker. >> hi supervisors. madeline [inaudible] for polk. i live in district 2 priveg heights and
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worked in management and harvard school and wrote a comprehensive review on the interventions that affect public hea. i would like to think that i am representing the children that were here earlier when i say what we're talking about is not trivial. the amount of money is trivial, but the cost to our health and our future is extraordinary. not only i'm a san francisco -- developed alternate means of transit and active transport are we're going to be behind economically but if we move to another line item which is health in the budget we're dealing with major numbers and i know that at least 80% of those deceases are preventible and a major part of that is active transport. >> >> it's my demographic actually that is weighing most heavily
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economically. my peers are profound unhealthy and addicted to their cars and that is something we cannot afford. it's the amount in the budget is trivial compared to all the other things we pay for. it's trivial and we should increase it -- not only increase it but with the understanding that it's toward a future health. it's economic health and it's literally our physical health. thank you. >> thank you. >> good morning supervisors. i jeff potter. my wife and i live in russian hill and biking for 30 years. we will wondering if we will ever see the end of this implementation plan. from where we live the only real north south routes that are feasible are polk street -- >> keep going sir.
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>> and columbus and both are a menace especially at this time of the year when we're getting dark. i go out a couple of times a day on the bike and my wife is out all day three or four places volunteering. i am the same and at this time of the year i am really fear for her safety in dark hours. some thing really needs to be done about columbus. it's impossible to gr on a couple blocks because the muni and the tour buses and wide enough so there is no room for bikers at all. i would like to point out biking that mushrooming out there. it's impossible to find bike racks. right now in front of this building the racks are filled up and downtown in market it's the
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same situation and can't install bike racks fast enough for us. i would like to point out that leah cracks a whip at the job she runs and i can assure you if money is provided to the biking coalition it will be implemented correctly and without problems and safely. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon supervisors and thank you those for this report and mta who is here and thank you to everyone who came. i will keep this quick. all of these people were killed this year without bicycle infrastructure and this year as the deadiest year in san francisco for riding a bicycle. 630 people have been injured while riding a bike in san francisco and increases the trips taken over a five year
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period. it's alarming statistic which we have been unable to find in any other city. and the copenhagen index for bicycle friendliness and infrastructure and ranked san francisco 17th out of 20 and this year and we add 2.2 miles in the network we were removed from the list. theis a result of gross under investment in the infrastructure and according to the most recent mta fact sheet we have 1088 miles of roads but much less of bike lanes. an increase in the trips per bike has a number of great side effects even for those that don't read bicycle. it will alleviate over crowding on muni, reduce congestion on streets and noise and pollution in the
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neighborhoods and known to cause respiratory problems for children and increase the activity for the children and many are considered over weight and obese. as you know we grossly under invested in this for years but with your governance and leadership this will be the last year of under investment. please fund the bicycle strategy so they can execute the plan in a data driven manner. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi everybody. my name is matt bresena and i am excited by the number of people here to support this and that mta has put the effort and research into this project. i'm an employer in san francisco. i think that's who i represent today. i have 40 employees in soma and 15 in the financial district and a third of the people i recruited from out of state to come join
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my companies and one of the things that brings them here is opportunity as well as the lifestyle the city offers and we currently have 50% of the employees in my company riding bikes to work. that's an important part why they choose this city compared to new york or astin or other places. these are the people making the future. we want them in this city. i want to have these people around and if we support bicycle infrastructure they will continue to come here and thank you and please continue your efforts. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi. thanks for having me today. i am michael wong and a five year resident in the year and russian hill and potrero hill and i have experienced a lot of the bike lanes in the city, some not safe like broadway before the tunnel and cutting over to pacific
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which is a very hard climb but i have been pleased to say that certain parts of the city i have seen massive improvements like market street or eighth street and separate bike way. i am excited if there is adequate money for bicycle infrastructure this could spread to the rest of the city and i will be a happier biker. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello i am amy chin. thank you supervisors for bringing this topic up today. i live in the marina and software engineer in the plaza. as we said we know all of the merits of implementing this bicycle strategy. i wanted to stress the importance of more advocacy and outreach. on any given day 15 out much the 200 people ride the bike to work and one of two women and when i talk about biking their concern is safety. it's not my makeup is going to
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get ruined or my hair is going to get messed up. it's whether i'm going to be safe on a bike and i have the conversation with my female friends. the line is similar "my line could be convenient if i could get to point a or b on a bicycle instead of muni" so think the interest is there and the demand, the latent demand for cycling infrastructure is there and we need to make sure it's more comfortable for people biking on san francisco streets. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hi there. i am steven lynch and both a bike commuter and regular muni rider so thank you for the hearing and all of the work you have been doing on this topic. it's very important work and i just wanted to echo actually some of the comments of some of the speakers who have talked so far. every time i talk to someone about the fact that i do bike to work almost
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everyday the main concern that they bring up is safety. their only concern is whether it's safe to ride their bikes in the city and there is a perception i think that it's not safe in san francisco if you're a biker. now there are a lot of reasons for that and lots of back and forth why the roads aren't safe for bikers, but i think we can agree there are incredible strides in the last two years and market street is a great example of the infrastructure the city has built, and i just wanted to emphasize that investments made in bicycle safety will have residual benefits for the other things and increased ridership, muni and decreasing the load during these times and increased
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bicycle safety and [inaudible] for the city and reduce some of the latent demand the previous speaker was mentioning. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am beth burn. i want to thank everybody for taking the time to look into this very important issue. i also wanted to speak on the topic of safety. as a bike commuter from bernal heights everyday and i hear from the cyclists and on monday i saw someone hit on cesar chavez and valencia street. this week it was a hit and run. last week there was a hit and run. it's increasing and the visibility of lack of safety is what is increasing and i work for a sunday streets and i hear all the time from participants they love coming to the event and it
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creates a safe environment and can ride their bike route fear of bit hit by a car and having safe streets like that everyday is very important like you heard from previous speakers the number of cyclists have increased and that is with a lack of infrastructure. if we can provide the safe infrastructure for people interested in being a cyclist i think the number will grow and definitely make an impact on the number of people that drive cars and muni and the efficiency of muni and i just thank you for prioritizing this. i think it's really, really important to recognize that the statistics that we're hearing about are not just statistics but they're people and they're people just trying to get to work everyday and they want to get there in a safe way. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am paul skillbeck and a 15 year resident of san francisco and live near van ness in
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the main thoroughfare for cycleelists of san francisco. i ride by bike everyday. no way i suggest that a child ride a bike in on polk street and what is being done and as others have outlined san francisco streets are not safe for cyclists and you have a target 20% by the year 2020. i wouldn't bet on that. no way. things have to change. right now value proposition for cyclists? why should they ride in san francisco? the roads are dangerous and motorists are aggressive. i get back